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December 5th, 2019

Friday Five (false idol edition)

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It's the first week in December. Wait! December!? Already? But there's so much to do!

I managed to get the Christmas tree up and decorated last weekend, but I haven't gotten the outdoor lights up, nor have I set up Pendleton the Christmas Otter. I also need to put lights in the front windows (the outdoor lights are on the veranda, which is on the back side of the apartment). If all goes well, I'll get that done and finish most of the Christmas shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sciecne, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Billy Dee Williams identifies as gender fluid, reveals acceptance of multiple pronouns - Everything you're about to read is true - the 'Star Wars' actor describes gender and his role in a 70s male 'love story' film.

Why the LDS Church Joined LGBTQ Advocates in Supporting Utah's Conversion Therapy Ban. The article doesn't give the actual answer: Public Relations. But it does show that the support isn't exactly enthusiastic.

NY Lawmakers Want to Ban Virginity Checks After T.I. Interview.

NBA player Dwyane Wade defends his preteen son from anti-LGBTQ trolls.

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019.

This Week in Science:



Great auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird.

Scientists have discovered a 'monster' black hole that's so big it shouldn't exist.

Found Frozen and Almost Perfectly Preserved in Permafrost, this 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Could Be a Huge Deal.

Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear.

Dabous Giraffes - These ancient giraffes are the largest known animal petroglyphs in the world.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Red-Caped Catholic Loons Petition Theater To Cancel Drag Queen Xmas Show As “Insult To Birth Of Christ”.

A Harlem School That Former Students Say Is Run Like ‘A Cult’ Faces New Scrutiny.

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump.

I Was Harassed After Being Outed By My Students. Then Something Amazing Happened.

Liberty Counsel Had A Bad Year and is Begging for Money so They can Promote More Hate.

In Memoriam:



‘Star Trek’ Writer D.C. Fontana Dies at 80.

D. C. Fontana (1939-2019).

Joan Staley, Actress in 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' Dies at 79 - She also slapped Elvis Presley in 'Roustabout,' sang to Audie Murphy in 'Gunpoint' and played Shame sidekick Okie Annie on 'Batman'.

Things I wrote:



To absent friends… 2019.

NaNoWriMo ’19 Retrospective.

Undying fiancées, melodramatic lab assistants, and monsters in the closet—more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Nancy Pelosi Asks For Articles of Impeachment for President Donald Trump:



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NO TIME TO DIE Trailer:



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A Holiday Reunion – Xfinity 2019:



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Adam Roberts - Glue:



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Darlene Love 2014 Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) The Late Show David Letterman [2014] {I pray that I look one-tenth as good and can sing a quarter as well when I'm 73...}:



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November 29th, 2019

Friday Five (debunking lies edition)

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We've reached the fifth Friday of November! The year is winding down!

I really needed this holiday break. It was nice having just a few quiet days at work to focus on thing and then jump into pie making.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about certain types of deplorable people, five stories about politics, five videos, and the five MORE videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



United Nations to Honor Cyndi Lauper for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy - Award Recognizes Lauper's Work to End Teen Homelessness and Promote Human Rights, Kesha to Present.

Le Guin’s Subversive Imagination.

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories - Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit. *Ahem* for 24 years I have been writing a new ghost story for Christmas and reading it at our annual Christmas party... the practice is not dead!

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World.

You Can Join the Effort to Expose Twitter Bots.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Anglican church elects gay, black, immigrant man in a same-sex marriage as bishop.

Meet the LGBTQ Bloggers Debunking Right-Wing Lies.

UTAH: Activists and Mormon Church Leadership Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban.

There are approximately a million same-sex households in America...That the government knows about.

Dolly Parton has an unreleased ‘uplifting and fun’ dance song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay’, and we need it right now.

This Week in Deplorables of the Particular Type:



Eric Dudley, St. Peter's founder and outspoken LGBT critic, subjected men to sexual misconduct.

Donald Trump Jr. insinuates HIV+ people offer nothing but death - The son of the President went out of his way to promote stigma around HIV-positive people which has long been false.

Devin Nunes blasted as ‘total traitor garbage’ by victim of his ‘illegal’ lawsuits against critics.

Penn State child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky to seek reduced sentence.

Trump Goes To Fantasyland, Claims He Beat Barack Obama In Mystery Election.

This Week in Politics:



Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF - Pete Buttigieg Lies About Education Disparities. Almost didn't include this since it was viral earlier this week... but then I kept running into otherwise informed people who missed it, so...

Queer Like Pete - Buttigieg is getting slammed for being a type of gay man America doesn’t understand. I understand where the author thinks he's coming from, but speaking as a queer person myself, no, we aren't questioning these aspects of Mayor Pete's personality because we don't understand it; we're challenging them because we very much DO understand that nearly every single type-A "best little boy in the world" we've ever known, both gay and straight, have been the same empathy-deficient libertarians hiding their lack of understanding of (or caring about) their own privilege behind that carefully constructed mask of affability. Also, speaking to the final paragraph: there are tens of thousands of queer men who don't have his problems equally capable and eager to talk about those political issues. Like me, for instance.

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan - The president gave his thanks to the troops in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves.

GOP Lies Are 'Morally Treasonable' To The American Public, Berman Suggests.

‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A.

In Memoriam:



Founder of Integrity and LGBT+ advocate Louie Crew Clay has died. Many, many years ago, before I ever owned my own domain and when I was posting my essays (I didn't think of them as blog posts back then) on Geocities, I got this very nice comment on an entry I wrote called "Pansies!" where I talked about my love for flowers, my struggles with accepting myself as a queer man, and related thoughts. Over the next couple of weeks, I got a LOT more comments from people who had never commented on my posts before, and that post got many more clicks than most of mine had before. And I found out it was because Louie had posted a link to it. And so I had to figure out who this guy was. Over the years since, I have always felt an extra warm fuzzy if I got a comment from Louie or saw there were clicks on my blog that were referred from his. Rise in glory, Louie.

LOUIE CREW CLAY.

Groundbreaking Cartoonist Howard Cruse, 75, has Died.

William Ruckelshaus, first EPA chief, dies at 87 - He twice served as the EPA chief - quit Justice Department job rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor.

Gahan Wilson, Macabre Cartoonist, Dead at 89.

Things I wrote:



They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense.

Let’s think about what we’re putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise.

Being thankful for a peaceful day and other thing.

Videos!



How Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys got into character for Mister Rogers movie:



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Daniel Craig And Rami Malek Shared A Kiss After A Long "James Bond" Writing Session:



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Dolly Parton Didn’t Let Elvis Sing “I Will Always Love You” (bonus, new Jolene verse):



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Alternative John Lewis Christmas Advert 2019:



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Fascinating Aïda's Christmas Message (warning: naughty language):



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More Videos!



All The Doctor's Regenerations (UPDATED) | Doctor Who:



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BD - gay - comic book - Howard Cruse interview - Stuck Rubber Baby - Wendel - gay comicsber baby:



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He's Just a GURL Who'll QUID PRO QUO! - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “Fate” TV Spot:



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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Official Trailer (HD):



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November 21st, 2019

Friday Five (goals and priorities edition)

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We've reached the fourth Friday of November and the temperatures are getting quite crisp here.

It's been a weird week. For a couple of nights I get a lot of writing done on my NaNoWriMo project. Then there was the day I barely stayed awake until time to log out of work, napped for nearly three hours, made a quick dinner, and went to bed more than on hour earlier than usual.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that deserves its own category, the top five stories of the week, five stories about the fight for justice, and five videos (plus a couple things I wrote).

Literary Mystery of the Week:



The Disappearance of John M. Ford - I wanted to learn why a beloved science fiction writer fell into obscurity after his death. I didn’t expect that I would help bring his books back to life.

Stories of the Week:



Majority of Americans know they're under constant surveillance, don't trust the companies doing it, and feel helpless to stop it.

NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth.

American Medical Association Calls for Nationwide Ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy.

Return of the drink loved by Vikings and ancient Celts - High in the hills above Pitlochry in Perthshire a former soldier has embarked on a new mission to revive an ancient Scottish drink.

'Blob' hides long-sought remnant from star blast - Scientists believe they've finally tracked down the dead remnant from Supernova 1987A - one of their favourite star explosions.

This Week in the Fight for Justice:



Impeachment surprises boost Dems, but Republican resistance holds.

Secret Service spent more than $250K at Trump properties.

Prosecutors Investigating Trump Organization Zero In On Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Study: Gabbard Favorite Dem Of Russian Propagandists.

‘Smoking Gun So Hot It’s Still on Fire’: Ex-US Attorney Astonished by Text Shown in Vindman Testimony.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 11/16/2019: Guess who is going to be a jailbird?

Tuesday Tidbits: Straight Pride sets new low attendance record and more….

Videos!



Impeachment Hearings: All The President’s Men Colluded | Full Frontal on TBS:



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Second Week of Impeachment Testimony Ends with More Damning Evidence: A Closer Look:



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Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander Visits PM Jacinda Ardern:



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Star Trek - Hawaii 5-0 Style:



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Christmas at the click of a button! Wallace & Gromit and Joules Christmas Campaign:



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November 14th, 2019

Friday Five (preventable deaths edition)

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We've reached the third Friday of November and the news has been quite interesting.

I'm plugging away at NaNoWriMo, so not getting much blogging done. While I'm really happy that the impeachment hearings are proceeding, I'm going to try focus most of my linking to news stories on things that you are likely to have missed with all the other coverage.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sciece & sci fi, five stories deplorable people, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Jimmy Carter’s humanity and Donald Trump’s vulgarity | Editorial.

3 Cows Swept Out to Sea by Hurricane Dorian Are Found Alive.

Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment.

What ‘English style’ owes to Asia’s gardens.

5 Ways You Can Support Bullied LGBTQ+ Youth Like Jordan Steffy.

Science and Science Fiction:



NASA’s Curiosity rover makes a baffling oxygen discovery on Mars - Seasonal variations in Martian oxygen levels are puzzling NASA's planetary scientists.

Silver-Backed Chevrotain, With Fangs And Hooves, Photographed In Wild For First Time.

Disney+ Version of Star Wars: A New Hope Alters Greedo Scene Yet Again.

Are we living in a Blade Runner world?

Secrets of the largest ape that ever lived.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Principal who banned gay books charged with child pornography - “As I said to some friends last night when I got the news, ‘You can’t make this sh-- up,'" one of the authors whose books were banned said.. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! [/sarcasm]

Of the incidents involving sexual-orientation bias, 60 percent targeted gay men- Of the incidents involving sexual-orientation bias, 60 percent targeted gay men.

SURVEY: 40% Of Evangelicals Say They Are Pro-Choice.

Judge Napolitano: Trump 'Pretty Clearly' Violated Criminal Bribery Laws.

VP Mike Pence proud of effort to steal LGBTQ tax dollars.

In Memoriam:



Virginia Leith, Star of 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die,' Dies at 94 - She also played the female lead in Kubrick's first feature and a woman threatened by fiance Robert Wagner in 'A Kiss Before Dying'.

Things I wrote:



The 11th day of the 11th month….

Videos!



SLAPP Suits: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):



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Billionaires Freak Out About Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: A Closer Look:



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Bill Taylor's Testimony Closely Ties Trump To Ukraine Quid Pro Quo:



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Greyson Chance - Boots (Official Video):



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Jakk Fynn - Fire:



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October 31st, 2019

Friday Five (convenient hypocrisy edition)

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And now we reach the first Friday of November!

It continues to be winter-cold, without any rain. Which means the spore counts keep climbing. Having hay fever when it's cold is never fun.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story? Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.

Looking at Cute Animals Online Is Literally Good for Your Brain.

Are 90% of giraffes gay – or have their loving looks been misunderstood?

Blast from Waukee gender reveal felt over 2 miles away.

'He's a patriot': Republicans defend key impeachment witness from attacks.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump administration's ObamaCare rule. Excluding pre-existing conditions will kill thousands of Americans... which is what Trump and his billionaire buddies want.

Right-Wing Lobby Divorces Itself? In Lawsuit, NRA Says NRA-TV Is Racist. Which is true... but the NRA is also racist.

Missouri's state health director says he tracked Planned Parenthood patients' periods.

Evangelical conservatives are determined to go down in disgrace with Trump. Let them do it.

When One Good Day Is One Too Many.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash.

Why it’s such a big deal that Donald Trump is suddenly selling his Washington DC hotel.

Trump Takes Swipe at Obama for Not Capturing al-Baghdadi Then Admits to War Crime at Police Chiefs Conference.

‘Music to Putin’s ears’: Ambassador McFaul blasts Trump’s pattern of furthering Russian interests.

Security Official Testifies Ukraine Transcript Was Edited.

In Memoriam:



Robin Brett, NASA scientist who studied ‘moon rocks,’ dies at 84.

Tributes pour in for John Witherspoon after actor dies at 77.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 10/26/2019: Cold hearts and webs of sin.

Yelling at clouds, pointless nostalgia, and blind spots.

Time to fire up those word processors! #NaNoWriMo.

…and then what happened? And then? And then? — getting the story started and keeping it going.

Evasive geniuses, invisible monsters, and helpful (sassy gay) robots—more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert and the gang go after Hallmark and Lifetime Movies - Just In Time For Halloween, It's The Late Show Christmas Movies!:



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Lunar Module Costume: Big Sis Lunar Lander, Little Sis Astronaut (with flag):



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Trump & Syria: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):



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TESS Catches its First Star-destroying Black Hole:



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Galantis & Dolly Parton - Faith feat. Mr. Probz [Official Music Video]:



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October 24th, 2019

Friday Five (starvation killer edition)

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Are we really already at the fourth Friday in October?

I believe I've figured out what I'm going to work on for NaNoWriMo next month. We've had a short break in the very rainy weather, but I'm not sure anything is going to dry out before the rain returns.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about science fiction, five stores about science, five stories about injustice and justice, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Most people in Seattle are from somewhere else. So what does that say about the ‘Seattle Freeze’?

Ivar's, Seattle Seafood Restaurant Chain, and the Serial Killer. More than 100 years ago, Washington state was the home of a woman who was eventually dubbed the Starvation Killer...

I Ate Like a Member of the Royal Family for a Week and Here's What Happened.

The Phone Call Isn't Dead, It's Evolving.

Inside the Phone Company Secretly Run By Drug Traffickers.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



One of Comcast’s top executives is suing for anti-gay discrimination - He was called slurs, paid less, told he was "too gay and flamboyant," and the cable company retaliated when he complained.

Conservatives, religious right go to the outer limits of audacity in exploiting case of transgender child.

Drag Queens Are Hosting Story Hours Across the Country to Teach Kids Acceptance & We Say YAS to That.

This health care ruling could endanger untold numbers of LGBTQ Americans.

How 'It's a gay bar, Pamela' became the Twin Cities' favorite meme.

This Week in Science Fiction:



What Is the Time Signature of the Ominous Electronic Score of The Terminator? - The time signature of the Terminator score is a mystery for the ages.

Ray Bradbury's Tales of the Bizarre - Series 1 - Available for Streaming from the BBC.

Eminent writers, editors and critics choose some favorite works of fantasy and science fiction. Read it for Chabon’s Bradbury comments...

David Gerrold - I disagree with Scorsese. I disagree with Coppola....

‘Watchmen’ Review: A Dazzling Reinvention of a Landmark Comic.

This Week in Science:



Bam! Scientists Watch Distant Exoplanet Collision.

Remarkable fossils capture mammals’ recovery after the dino-killing asteroid - Survivors grew from the size of a rat to that of a wolf within 700,000 years of the impact.

U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse .

After A DNA Surprise: 10 Things No One Wants to Hear.

New tsunami evacuation maps show the fastest way to escape the Big One on foot.

This Week in Crimes and the Fight for Justice:



She was raped 15 years ago. Her rape kit was finally tested and turned up a match.

New bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign in Mississippi.

Tennessee Deputy Sued Twice In The Same Day Over A Roadside Anal Search And A Forced Baptism.

Police Seize High-Ranking Atomwaffen Division Member’s Guns. The stripping happened earlier this month. Kaleb J. Cole, the strippee, is a leader of the Atomwaffen Division's Washington State cell. The Seattle Police Department filed an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” petition against him late last month.

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.

Things I wrote:



Ah, yes, the Lady Mondegreen dancing with the devi.

Videos!



Trump Lashes Out After G7 Controversy, Mulvaney’s Ukraine Confession: A Closer Look:



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Colbert Gets A Surprise Visit From Rudy Giuliani:



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Republicans Storm Impeachment Hearing After Bombshell Testimony: A Closer Look:



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O Great Pumpkin | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim:



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MIKA - Dear Jealousy:



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October 17th, 2019

Friday Five (cockwomble edition)

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And now it is the third Friday in October.

It's been non-stop rain for several days and is expected to continue through the weekend, so I'm happy. Also, it was nice to be reminded this week of the word cockwomble, meaning: “A person, usually male, prone to making outrageously stupid statements and/or inappropriate behaviour while generally having a very high opinion of their own wisdom and importance.”

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories og interest to queers and our allies, five stores about science, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Religion Continues to Decline in America.

Cuomo signs law aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power, closes 'double jeopardy' loophole.

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules. Um, well, I guess it's a start... or maybe just an empty gesture.

Former NASA scientist says they found life on Mars in the 1970s.

Trump tweeted a photo attacking Nancy Pelosi. She made it her Twitter cover photo.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Justin Tranter Was Punished in H.S. for Enduring Anti-LGBTQ Bullyingv- The out songwriter shared a disturbing story of harassment at a Spirit Day concert and fundraiser.

Parents of Matthew Shepard use DOJ speech to criticize Attorney General Barr's stance on gender identity protections.

The way this trans man’s family expresses solidarity with his dream of having top surgery will make your heart burst.

Porno Pete Blames "Radical Lying Homosexual Activist" JMG For Beto O'Rourke's Stance On Ex-Gay "Torture" . Right, it's one gay blogger, and not the many juries, doctors, and medical associations that have all call it unconscionable, traumatic, and harmful.

Black lesbian Ernestine Eckstein was protesting when most gays thought protests were crazy - Closeted gays and even many early gay organizations criticized her for being visible and active.

This Week in Science:



Planetary 'autopsies' indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos.

480-million-year-old trilobite ‘traffic jams’ may reveal ancient migratory behavior.

Hubble telescope captures the best photo yet of the interstellar comet Borisov as it hurtles through the Milky Way at 110,000 miles per hour.

Space Mysteries: If the universe is 13.8 billion years old, how can a star be more than 14 billion years old?

Paris zoo unveils the blob, an organism with no brain but 720 sexes.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Trump’s Fox News Meltdown Proves He’s “the Snowiest, Flakiest Snowflake,” Says Kimmel.

Jury awards Sandy Hook father $450,000 for defamation by local conspiracy theorist.

Inside The Christian Legal Army Weakening the Church-State Divide.

The Heritage Foundation co-hosted a half day anti-LGBTQ event. Here are the worst comments from panelists.

2 Trump officials said the US should be run as a Christian theocracy.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe.

THE ACTUAL LAWS TRUMP HAS BROKEN, JUST WITH THE UKRAINE AND CHINA AFFAIRS, COULD LAND HIM 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

Fox News' Andrew Napolitano: Trump holding G7 at Doral resort is a 'profound' emoluments clause violation.

Karma For Republicans: Clinton Rules Apply To Trump Impeachment - Andrew Napolitano reminds Fox and Friends that all the rules Adam Schiff is following were written by Republicans during the Clinton years. Womp, womp.

Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey.

In Memoriam:



Stephen Moore - known as the voice of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Marvin the Paranoid Android - has died aged 81.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, LGBTQ Rights Champion, Dead at 68.

Elijah Cummings 'signed subpoenas from his hospital bed' for Trump impeachment before his death.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, dignified Democratic nemesis of Trump, dies at 68.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry and longtime Baltimore advocate, dies at 68 .

Things I wrote:



Join us in the light! #NationalComingOutDay.

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day — and recognize that Columbus was a violent unscrupulous invader.

Tuesday Tidbits 10/15/2019.

Where do they come from? (or, some things remain ineffable).

Videos!



GIULIANI! (Here He Goes Again) - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Rudy Giuliani Associates Arrested as Support for Impeachment Rises: A Closer Look:



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Harry Styles - Lights Up (Official Video):



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Katy Perry - Harleys In Hawaii (Official):



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MIKA - Sanremo:



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October 11th, 2019

Friday Five (coming out day edition)

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And now it is the second Friday in October.

Today is National Coming Out Day! I'll have some more to say about that later today. You'll find a few of this weeks stories and videos are related to that topic.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about being queer and being out, five stores about science and science fiction-y things, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Ancient Greek Scroll's Hidden Contents Revealed Through Infrared Imaging.

City Thinks Cops Can Legally Murder Undocumented Immigrants.

Male cat needs glucose drip after mating with five females in one night in pet hotel.

The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You.

For the first time in my life, I don’t give a shit what the science says.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Saying ‘I am gay’ in mirror led track athlete on path to acceptance .

Navajo Nation's LGBTQ Pride Event Celebrates A Return To The Culture's History.

Once in closet, gay hockey player voted high school homecoming king .

Family and Friends Are Seeking Justice for Channing Smith, Outed Teen Who Was Bullied into Suicide .

The Supreme Court showed its liberal/conservative split in LGBTQ cases. Here’s how it went.

This Week in Science, Science Fiction, Tech and Related:



Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons.

Why This Fanfiction Site’s Prestigious Literary Honor Is a Win for LGBTQ Representation - Archive of Our Own, a volunteer-run, queer-inclusive fanfiction repository, scored a Hugo Award earlier this year.

A Gothic Education, or: How I Learned to Love the Dark.

Monarch butterflies swarm Colorado park Video .

Computer historians crack passwords of Unix's early pioneers.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Florida’s DeSantis returns donation linked to Guiliani's Ukrainian Crooks.

San Diego Man Charged With Hate Crime After Beating Three Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs.

Tulsi Gabbard threatens to boycott upcoming debate claiming DNC and corporate media trying to rig 2020 primary. Let's re=write that headline: "Rep Gabbard, poorly disguised Republican mole and friend of dictators, whines about the fact that most democractic voters aren't falling for her scam."

Jerry Falwell Jr. settles Miami court case over South Beach ‘pool boy’ venture.

The Humiliation of Lindsey Graham. Too bad he has no shame...

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Two men connected to Giuliani's Ukraine efforts charged with funneling foreign money into US election.

Trump Targets The Poor To Balance His Bloated Billionaires Budget.

H.R. McMaster: Seeking foreign assistance for a U.S. election never appropriate.

What The Parnas-Fruman Indictment Reveals About The Trump-Ukraine Pressure Scheme.

‘Donald Trump Is Not Well and You Know It!’: Morning Joe Scorches GOP for Standing by as President Falls Apart.

In Memoriam:



Diahann Carroll, first black woman to star in nonservant role in TV series, dies at 84 - Carroll was the star of "Julia," which ran for 86 episodes on NBC from 1968 to 1971.

Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Debbie Allen Remember "Icon" Diahann Carroll: "We Will Forever Sing Your Praises".

Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Comic and Host of 'The $1.98 Beauty Show,' Dies at 84 - Known as the "King of Confetti" and "The Crying Comedian," he made thousands of outlandish appearances on television and in nightclubs.

Things I wrote:



How we react to the world is both human and political, but I repeat myself.

A conspiracy of muses, or, the myth of writer’s block.

Videos!



MTV Documentary Films: Gay Chorus Deep South Trailer:



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These emotional coming out videos will restore your faith in humanity:



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Old Gays Share Their Coming Out Stories:



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Stephen Colbert Points Out That Trump's Achilles Heel Is... His Mouth:



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MIKA - Tomorrow:



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October 4th, 2019

Friday Five (bonespur meltdown edition)

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Oh, my goodness! It's the first Friday in October.

So, I thought I was over the cold, then it appeared I had a relapse or had caught a different cold. But this time the symptoms just got worse and worse such that I was up all night Monday coughing horribly and unable to sleep. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis and a sinus infection. Prescription cough syrup and antibiotics were given, and now I know that I'm not yet well, but I've managed to sleep and all the symptoms are slowing declining.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stores about science fiction-y things, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

How White Liberals Became Woke, Changing Their Outlook On Race .

Bay Area woman dies at 102, DirecTV charges early termination fee.

'At What Point Does Malfeasance Become Fraud?’: NYU Biz-School Professor Scott Galloway on WeWork.

Covington man arrested for 1991 cold case murder of 16-year-old Federal Way girl - The body of Sarah Yarborough, 16, was found on the Federal Way High School campus in December 1991.

This Week in Science Fiction and Related:



The NYPD Will Be Stationed At All NY City Theaters Screening ‘Joker’ This Weekend

Joker Review: When Just Looking the Part Isn’t Good Enough - this is what a stupid film thinks an artsy one looks like.

Real-Life 'Terminator': Major Studios Face Sweeping Loss of Iconic '80s Film Franchise Rights.

Yes, We’re in the Wrong Timeline - How time-travel stories explain our uncanny era.

LGBTQ Superheroes, Pro Wrestlers, Immigrants and Teens Hit Screens This Week on TV.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Calgary Preacher: A Rainbow With Six Colors is “a Lie from the Pit of Hell” .

Sixth-Grade Boys Allegedly Attack, Cut Girl’s ‘Ugly’ Dreadlocks at Private Christian Schoo.

“It’s Management Bedlam”: Madness at Fox News as Trump Faces Impeachment. My favorite bit: “Among the powerful voices advising Lachlan that Fox should decisively break with the president is former House speaker Paul Ryan, who joined the Fox board in March. “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it,” an executive who’s spoken with Ryan told me.” That's right, when Paul Ryan was the f-ing Speaker of the House of Representatives he didn't think he had the power to do anything about Trump...

NRA Was 'Foreign Asset' To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals.

TEXAS: Ex-Cop Gets 10 Years In Murder Of Neighbor - The victim's mother said Guyger's sentence would give the former officer time to reflect and "change her life.".

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



The President Is a Corrupt, Bloodthirsty Tyrant, Reports Suggest. “So, Congress pretends that it needs an inquiry to determine whether Trump is upholding his oath of office, the political press pretends that the Republican Party isn’t a greater threat to American democracy than Vladimir Putin, and we all collectively pretend that the people of Hong Kong don’t put us to shame, as we watch the president’s bribery-intake facilities operate in peace.”

More than 300 former officials call Trump’s actions concerning Ukraine ‘profound national security concern’.

Pence: I Participated in the Ukraine Plot But Only As a Patsy.

Trump and Week Two of the Impeachment Crisis. “This isn’t a presidential administration so much as it is a band of snot-nosed kindergarten criminals who like to eat paste and urinate in their pull-ups.”

‘Felony Violation of Law’: Experts Respond to Trump Openly Calling on China to Dig Up Dirt on Biden.

In Memoriam:



The harmless-looking girl who executed Nazis after seducing them in bars: WWII heroine dies aged 92.

Things I wrote:



Wanting a better world, or, confessions of a queer nerdy survivor.

After summer comes the… cold and flu season already?.

Videos!



Octopus Dreaming:



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Trump Is Having an Impeachment Meltdown: A Closer Look:



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As The Walls Close In, Donald Trump Is Clearly Losing It:



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Rami Malek, After Kissing Daniel Craig: "Does This Make Me A Bond Girl?":



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Sam Smith and Renee Zellweger Cover Judy Garland’s ‘Get Happy’ :



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September 26th, 2019

Friday Five (quid pro quo edition)

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Here we are at the fourth and final Friday of Septemper.

I've continue to be crazy busy at work. The weather service is predicting a bit of a cold snap for the weekend. And some members of Congress seem to have come to their senses, at last.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stores about science, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Saints and people who do not think like us (Fantasticon 2019).

Why Are So Many Democrats Considering Ending The Filibuster?

Jesus Wades Into Seattle Politics. “Jesus H. Christ, in full robes and a staff, strode up in flip flops and urged the city council to pass legislation establishing an oversight board for the Green New Deal, a resolution to implement greener policies in Seattle. He did so by reading a letter from his dad...”

U.S. Military Warns Troops About Violence at Joker Screenings. The actual warning comes from the FBI and the joint terrorism task force which has monitored a lot of disturbing discussions on InCel and Neo-Nazi chat rooms. These following two stories are related: Joaquin Phoenix Stops Joker Interview Over Violence Questions and Batman shooting victim's family 'horrified' by Joker film's violence.

Long-lost Italian painting could fetch $6 million at French auction.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Challenge to Maryland gay conversion therapy ban dismissed.

Billy Porter Is First Openly Gay Black Man To Win Emmy For Lead Actor In A Drama .

An origin story for the queer community.

Angelica Ross Leaves Twitter After Abuse by Trump, Sanders Supporters. Such fine people...

Mattel Introduces World’s First Gender-Neutral Doll.

This Week in Science:



Submerged for Decades, Spanish ‘Stonehenge’ Reemerges After Drought.

Face of long-lost human relative unveiled.

Most massive neutron star ever detected strains the limits of physics.

North America Has Lost More Than 1 in 4 Birds in Last 50 Years, New Study Says.

Charts showing gender analysis of SF&F award finalists.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Other Deplorable People:



Trump's $28B Bailout Of US Farmers (With More To Come) Is Over Twice Obama's 2009 Bailout Of Detroit .

Trump's Ukraine gambit could be another campaign finance crime.

Whistleblower says many other national security officials can confirm details on Ukraine call.

Evangelical right-wing groups show themselves to be hypocrites about impeachment.

Trump’s Latest Threat Called Witness Intimidation.

In Memoriam:



'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' actor Aron Eisenberg dies at age 50.

A life for space: Sigmund Jähn, Germany's first cosmonaut, dies aged 82.

Things I wrote:



Hey, y’all, it’s fall!

It’s good to be prime again—birthday thoughts from a homo devil.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert - Trump-Ukraine Call Log Clearly Demonstrates Quid Pro Quo Demand:



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Seth Meyers - Trump Releases Damning Ukraine Memo Amid Impeachment Inquiry: A Closer Look:



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1 Giant Monster Neodymium Magnet vs 1,000 Small Neodymium Magnets in Slow Motion:



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La Bufadora - Tom Goss (Starring Daniel Franzese) [Content Warning: Song is about domestic violence]:



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WIG by Todrick [NSFW lyrics]:



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September 20th, 2019

Friday Five (double videos edition)

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Here we are at the third Friday of Septemper.

I'm still sick. My husband is still sick. When I told a good friend that I had more than ten videos that I was trying to choose from for this week's Friday Five (where I traditionally only post five videos), she suggested that I do a Vidoes section and then a Second Videos and make a Hobbit Second Breakfast joke... then I realized that I had five music videos and 7 non-music videos, and once split apart like that, it was much easier to pick only five of each kind, so...

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sf/f & fandom, five stories about deplorable people, five non-music videos, and five music videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Why Don’t Police Catch Serial Rapists?

Newest Pterosaur Was Likely as Tall as a Giraffe - Ancient flying reptile dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, the "cold dragon of the north winds," may shed light on the evolution of these dinosaur relatives.

There’s a Lost Continent 1,000 Miles Under Europe - Scientists tracked down the last remnants of Greater Adria, an ancient Greenland-sized landmass.

I Went to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is What I Saw..

Piece of missing sculpture resurfaces in antiques store 50 years later .

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fandom:



Fantasy and Science Fiction - a collaboration by two of the genre’s founders that was largely unknown ‘til a couple of years ago: Flora Columbia: Goddess of a New Age, by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.

LET'S FRIGHTEN CHILDREN! Vincent Price & Scooby-Doo.

Letting Go of Our “Heroes”: Ongoing Humanist Training and the (Ex-)James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

How Scooby Doo Revived Gothic Storytelling for Generations of Kids.

Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000.

Deplorables of the Week:



I’m a comedian. I know Shane Gillis’s words matter - Here are the problems with what Shane Gillis said: It wasn’t said on stage, it wasn’t said years ago, and it wasn’t a joke.

Republican state senator who blocked LGBTQ rights charged with sexual abuse of a minor - As a powerful committee chair, he had blocked LGBTQ rights legislation for years. For the umpteen-millionth time: if a politician is vehemently anti-gay, journalists should dig into their background! You will always find some scandal or crime. Always!

Kavanaugh 'should be impeached' just like Trump. He lied to the Senate under oath. Hell, yes, he should be impeached!

What Happens if Trump Won’t Step Down? - National security expert Josh Geltzer on why we should be prepared for the worst.

What happens when the administration won't tell Congress about a whistleblower complaint regarding the president - 'A deficiency in the law': How Trump accidentally exposed a whistleblower loophole?

In Memoriam:



Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75.

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70.

Ric Ocasek, frontman of new wave pioneers the Cars, dies at 75.

Things I wrote:



As mean as a cornered ocelot.

The Parable of the Speck and the Log, or, telling others how to love sf/f will never work.

Tuesday Tidbits 9/17/2017: On the taxonomy of devils….

All generalizations are dangerous* — especially about generations!

The importance of being seen.

Newsy Videos!



Out Celebs Have a #BiWeek Message for Bisexual+ Youth: You Matter:



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James Corden Responds to Bill Maher's Fat Shaming Take:



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Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

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Trump Threatens War with Iran on Saudi Arabia’s Behalf: A Closer Look:



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Beto O'Rourke: Current approach to guns no longer works:



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Music Videos!



Charli XCX - 2099 [Official Video]:



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PJ Brennan- Bones:



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Keiynan Lonsdale - Rainbow Dragon (Official Music Video):



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Kezar - Don't Touch The Queen (Official Music Video):



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Cher Performs "Waterloo" LIVE On America's Got Talent! - America's Got Talent 2019:



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September 12th, 2019

Friday Five (ungodly manner edition)

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It is the second Friday of September. Which is significant because Septemer is the month when superior babies are born.

I thought that the significant change in the weather last weekend had kicked up a new round of hay fever—plants throwing out more pollen cause they're soaking up all the water, and so forth. So when I felt more tired and braindead at the end of my workday Monday, I just attributed it to that. Tuesday it was clear that my sinuses had something else going wrong. Wednesday morning I had a soe throat and my voice kept giving out. More symptoms piled on over the course of the day, including a cough that became the Cough of Doom™ during the night. Which meant I didn't sleep well. And when I did drag myself out of bed my congestion was much worse and my whole body ached. So I took a partial sick day and worked from home again.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire.

Seattle man reunited with beloved bulldog that was stolen from him.

'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series.

Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers.

Tina Turner Is Having the Time of Her Life .

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Homophobic hate crime charges fall despite soaring reports.

Elizabeth Warren Vows To Fight For LGBTQ Equality In Surprise DragCon Video - The 2020 presidential candidate’s virtual “appearance” also drew attention to violence against transgender people.

Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award - White, 79, is among the most influential gay writers of his time, known for works such as “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty” and for helping to create the market for openly gay literature.

Gay Maryland Couple Sues State Department for Denying Citizenship to ‘Out-of-Wedlock’ Daughter.

The sensational Candlestick Murder trial of 1958 struck fear in Charleston's gay community .

This Week in Science:



1.7-Million-Year-Old Rhino Tooth Provides Oldest DNA Data Ever Studied.

Astronomers just found an interstellar comet, the second visitor of its kind ever detected.

Moon rocks could help reveal how life evolved on Earth – and may enable us to resurrect extinct species.

Lovers of Modena skeletons holding hands were both men.

The day the dinosaurs' world fell apart.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Mike Pence To Meet With Anti-LGBT Group Days After White House Claimed He Can’t Possibly Be Anti-LGBT.

Teachers, Students Leave High School After Official Email Requires Them to Disavow Same-Sex Relationships.

On Tuesday, Jerry Falwell, Jr. learned the definition of the word 'receipts' . . . the hard way.

In Defending Falwell, Liberty U Approvingly Tweets Link to Column Calling Him 'A Greedy Hypocrite' .

Broke Homocon Milo "Can't Put Food On The Table".

In Memoriam:



Meredythe Glass, Mercer Island resident who was in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ dies at 98.

Things I wrote:



Here comes the rain again… and I couldn’t be happier!

The Dark Domain, or a queer ex-evangelical looks at an agent of intolerance and his scandalous heirs.

Serious topic: and one I still can’t write about.

Videos!



Dion Diamond remembers the risks he took as a young civil rights activist:



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Trump Faces Scrutiny Over Personal Properties, Hurricane Lies:



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"Jerry Falwell's God" by Roy Zimmerman:



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Ben Platt - RAIN [Official Video]:



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Pet Shop Boys (feat. Years & Years) - Dreamland (Official lyric video):



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September 6th, 2019

Friday Five (hypocritical version edition)

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It's Friday! Friday! Friday! Friday! And it is the first Friday in September, the month in which superior babies are born!

We managed the impossible deadline... and much earlier than the previous two, which made the three-day weekend much more pleasant than I was afraid it would be. The weekend itself was very relaxing.

So, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about why we should impeach someone already, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Votes Unanimously To Declare NRA To Be “Domestic Terrorist Organization”.

Have You Seen Any Nazi Uranium? These Researchers Want To Know.

History of 'Cotemporary': The Archaic 'Contemporary' .

Rich people are hoarding cash, and wealth managers are getting frustrated.

America, the Gerontocracy - Our leaders, our electorate and our hallowed system of government itself are aging. And it shows.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



An overwhelming majority of young people think trans people should use whichever bathroom they want.

Kristen Stewart Was Told to Stay Closeted to Get a Marvel Movie.

CNN To Broadcast Human Rights Campaign Town Hall On LGBT Issues With 2020 Dem Presidential Candidates.

Lil Nas X Gave a Masterclass on Dealing With the Gaslighting LGBTQ People Face Every Day - In an episode of The Shop: Uninterrupted, the musician turned a comment from Kevin Hart into an important discussion.

What happens when a man gets pregnant? - The medical system has always categorized these men as woman, so there's no available date that shows just how many transgender men in America have given birth.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Four High School Students Suspended After Crashing Gay/Straight Alliance Meeting With MAGA Flags.

Miriam Lord: How Mike Pence shat on the new carpet in Ireland’s spare room. Irish Times columnists don't pull their punches!

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Suit Appeal.

Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in California.

GOP Congressman Blasted for Appearing to Suggest He Lends Guns to Friends Who Wouldn’t Pass Background Checks.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Trump May Have Broken Federal Law by Using Doctored Weather Map to Avoid Admitting He Lied About Dorian.

The Border Wall Is Trump’s High Crime.

Trump Admin Called Out For Colluding With Fox News In Violation Of Federal Law Against Covert Propaganda - Unearthed emails showed a Treasury official directing a Fox employee to use his preferred wording on a story. Democracy Forward wants the IG to see if that broke a federal law.

Trump’s Border Wall Funding To Come At Expense Of Military Hospital, Elementary Schools, Puerto Rico Aid.

House Panel Subpoenas Homeland Security For Docs Related To Promised Trump Pardons For Breaking Law.

In Memoriam:



Actress Valerie Harper Dead At Age 80 .

Valerie Harper: A Fighter Who Left a Complex Hollywood Legacy.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 8/31/2019: Dozens attend straight pride, and yet another ex-ex-gay.

Struggle against the darkness… or, an opening phrase isn’t the same as an opening sentence.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert - Colbert Questions Biden About Being a "Gaffe Machine":



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Adam Lambert - Superpower (Official Music Video) - NSFW:



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Lil Nas X - Panini (Official Video):



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Katy Perry - Small Talk (Official):



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Maluma - No Se Me Quita (Official Video) ft. Ricky Martin:



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August 29th, 2019

Friday Five (save the planet edition)

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I really can't believe that it is Friday! The last Friday in August. So summer is winding down. And this weekend is a holiday. Yay!

But first, I have to get through another impossible deadline at work. One the plus side, while I was compiling this I was also watching the Seahawks win the final game of the pre-season. Which was fun. Even if the gane doesn't count.

So, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five science stories, five stories about a hopeful future, five stories about why we should impeach someone already, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



In The Matter Of Diamond And Silk's Very Real Lawyer v. Wonkette: Bring It, Sh*thead. For the record: Diamond and Silk are black, but they also promote and defend white supremacists, so yes, they most definitely are black white supremacists. And should be deeply ashamed.

Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside.

Hurricane Dorian grazes Puerto Rico.

New Jersey woman won’t stop abandoning kittens at Whole Foods, shelter begs her to stop.

Now You Can Help Save the Environment by Watching a Bunch of Porn.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Superior, Wis., passes gay 'conversion therapy' ban - The city joins seven others in Wisconsin banning the practice.

‘We Don’t Promote That Here’: Kentucky School Administrators Force Students to Remove LGBTQ-Pride Tee Shirts - Student Says Principal Outed Several LGBTQ Students to Their Parents.

Former NFL Player: There Are Gay, Bisexual Players On Every Pro Football Team - Ryan O’Callaghan, who played for the New England Patriots and came out in 2017, said he regularly hears from closeted current athletes and as if on cue: Former NFL Player Comes Out As Bisexual.

Out candidate Pete Buttigieg would beat Donald Trump in presidential election - A new poll from Quinnipiac shows Mayor Pete winning the general election by 9 points.

Kentucky principal who tried to ban books over ‘homosexual content’ busted for child porn .

This Week in Science:



New landmark study finds that genetics influences sexual orientation - It turns out there isn't just one gay gene. There are several.

Stone tools may place some of the first Americans in Idaho 16,500 years ago - Artifacts add to evidence that North America’s early settlers predated an inland, ice-free path.

Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts: Radio, IR and optical observations show evolution of plumes and their impact on belts and zones.

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. It'll be the first aircraft to fly on another planet.

These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail.

This Week in the Next Blue Wave:



How Georgia could help Democrats win the Senate — but only if they play it perfectly.

Democrats’ Emerging Tax Idea: Look Beyond Income, Target Wealth - Lawmakers and 2020 candidates offer a range of options focused on capturing some of the trillions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation’s richest.

A goal for Democrats: Make the White House boring again.

Republicans grow anxious about the Trump economy - Trump's trade war with China could undermine GOP chances of holding the White House and Senate in 2020.

Is The NRA Financially Bleeding Out?

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Legal Experts: Trump’s Promise of Pardons to Aides for Breaking the Law to Build His Wall Is Impeachable.

Thank You for Your Service. Sorry, Your Kids Aren’t US Citizens: Trump Changes Rules on Military Families Overseas.

Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too.

Trump Loots Millions From FEMA to Send Migrants Back to Mexico – Just as Hurricane Season Starts.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis Rips Trump’s Policies In New Book: Storm Clouds Are Gathering, America’s At The Breaking Point.

In Memoriam:



Attorney Who Challenged Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Dies.

Gaming Legend Rick Loomis.

Things I wrote:



Oppressed oppressors: A Dozen Peaceful Racists Show Up for “Straight Pride”.

Frogs and scorpions, or, he was never a journalist.

Late Tuesday Tidbit: The evangelical leader and the other pool boy.

Astounding Stories of Super-Science, or name changes are nothing new in sf/f.

Hard Times reap hard lessons, or when did cyberpunk really begin?

Videos!



CHEETO CHRIST STUPID-CZAR - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Greyson Chance - white roses:



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Kygo & Whitney Houston - Higher Love (Official Video):



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Tegan and Sara - I'll Be Back Someday [Official Music Video]:



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David Archuleta - Paralyzed (Official Video):



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August 22nd, 2019

Friday Five (hold my beer edition)

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Once again, Friday is upon us!

After a few hot and muggy days, we got a drizzly day followed by an cool overcast day. So far we've had a mild summer. Let's hope it stays that way!

So, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sci fi and fantasy, five science stories, five stories the impeachable one and related problems, five stories about domestic terrorist, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



The Second Amendment Has Always Been a Tool of White Supremacy - The U.S. has a long political tradition of marrying gun control legislation with racism and xenophobia.

Beto O’Rourke re-invents how to run for president. Is his 'Bulworth’ campaign crazy enough to work? Beto isn't my first choice, but I'm glad that someone had decided to take the gloves off vis a vis whether Cadet Bonespur is a racist.

Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism.

Detroit Jewish group supports Tlaib, despite Donald Trump's comments.

LGBTQ books are being censored in middle schools. Authors are speaking out.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fandom:



8 Lesser-Known Works by Ray Bradbury.

These Nigerian Teens Are Making Sci-Fi Shorts with Slick Visual Effects.

Cory Doctorow: Jeannette Ng's Campbell Award acceptance speech, in which she correctly identifies Campbell as a fascist and expresses solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

2019 Hugos in detail, and reflections on the viability of Best Fanzine.

Spider-Man and Tom Holland: Sony 'disappointed' over Disney split.

This Week in Science:



Nasa confirms ocean moon mission.

Meet Alice Ball, the Bad-Ass Seattle Scientist Almost Lost to History.

How a Cooling Vest Invented by a Furry Made Its Way Into the U.S. Military.

Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts.

A 3-D map of stars reveals the Milky Way’s warped shape.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Other Deplorable People:



Trump's Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Has Blown Millions.

Trump's 'Chosen One' Comment and Spat with Denmark Shows His 'Psychotic-Like State' Says Doctor Who First Warned About President's Mental Condition.

The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks.

Trump swats at Danish prime minister for 'nasty' statement on Greenland.

In Insane Tweet Trump Baselessly Accuses Democratic Lawmaker of ‘Violence’.

This Week in White Domestic Terrorists:



White Supremacist Who Attended Charlottesville Nazi Rally Busted For Terror Threat and Jewish Community FBI Says, Many Weapons Found.

Private militias must stop pretending to have authority they don’t have.

Proud Boys Rallying Could Ramp Up With Trump Re-election Campaign .

Feds Arrest Neo-Nazi Trump Fan for Threatening to "Exterminate" Miami Hispanics.

At least 27 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

In Memoriam:



'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Animator Richard Williams Has Died.

Things I wrote:



A Hugo of Our Own.

Tuesday Tidbit 8/20/2019: Closeted politician tries to co-opt us to dodge his anti-gay past.

Set our hearts at liberty — more confessions of a queer ex-evangelical.

That has always been here, or politics aren’t a new thing in sf/f.

Videos!



The Check In: Trump and Trucking:



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Maddow: Racism Is 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture:



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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Trailer:



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Lostchild - Like Like (Official Music Video):



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MIKA - Tiny Love:



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August 16th, 2019

Friday Five (that never works edition)

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Here it is, Friday once more!

All the usual busy-ness at work, but I've got a three-day weekend and will be visiting family, so that's a good thing.

So, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about haters and their ilk, five stories the impeachable one, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Dystopia, With a Dose of Sudden Death.

NASA discovers “cloaked” black hole from earliest days of the universe.

Humans Are Gone In 'Hollow Kingdom,' So It's Up To The Crows.

An Appeals Court Ruled That, Yes, Sleep And Soap Count As “Safe And Sanitary” Conditions For Detained Immigrant Kids.

Marine kidnapped as baby in Lakewood reunites with rescuing FBI agent.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Gay diver Eric Blevins wins world masters title with his husband cheering him on.

LGBTQ Creators Are Suing YouTube For Discrimination.

N.C. exec. order stops pipeline to ‘conversion’ therapy.

Marcel Proust's Lost Gay Love Stories to Finally Be Published .

Jake Shears on LGBTQ Acceptance in Music, Homophobia in the Industry and How Pop Is Changing.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Family Research Council giddy over Trump plan to discriminate against LGBTQ taxpayers.

The New Hate Pastors - How a new class of religious zealots is going viral—and already tearing itself apart.

Seattle synagogues in Rainier Valley target of racist flyers - More than a dozen of these flyers have been posted outside religious organizations in the past month, said the Anti-Defamation League of the Pacific Northwest.

City Council Crowd Erupts in Laughter When ‘Straight Pride’ Organizer Says ‘We’re a Totally Peaceful Racist Group’.

Ohio man posted about mass shootings, attacking Planned Parenthood and federal agents, authorities say.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Other Deplorable People:



Surrogate Angels of Death - What to make of the First Lady holding the motherless child and youngest survivor of the El Paso massacre.

Trump has made more than 12,000 false or misleading claims.

‘Casually Tweeting Out National Secrets’: Internet Stunned as Trump Tweets About Previously Unknown US Nukes.

Lou Dobbs says ICE employee 'is within his rights' to plow his car into peaceful protestors.

Trump Launches Maniacal Tweetstorm After Devastating Fox News Poll Shows His Numbers Near All-Time Wors.

In Memoriam:



With no family left, El Paso man opened wife's funeral to public. Up to 1,000 are now expected. You may need a kleenex when you read this.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 8/10/2019: the Coward’s Way Out.

Tuesday Tidbit 08/13/2019: Domestic terror is a feature, not a bug, of the Trump machine.

That’s not a plothole….

Most writing advice is free, but the value varies.

Videos!



'Tariff Man' Donald Trump Doesn't Want To Be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:



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Trump Freaks Out About the Possibility of A Recession: A Closer Look:



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Mayor Pete Eats His Way Through Iowa, While Hickenlooper Looks For The Exit:



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Full Frontal Investigates: The Case of Jerry Falwell, Jr., the Pool Boy, Michael Cohen, & Tom Arnold:



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All About Shirtless Chris Evans 2019 (America's Ass Endgame 4k):



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August 9th, 2019

Friday Five (political lackeys edition)

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And now we're at the second Friday in August.

This has not been exactly a happy week for world news. Seriously, one of the least awful things to happen this week was the stock market taking a dive as the pointless trade war rattled the economy further.

So this week's Friday Five wasn't exactly fun to assemble. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about science fact and fiction, five stories about haters and their guns, five stories about the deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Multi-state police chase of kitten filled car ends in Clarksville.

The man in the plastic mask: Brazil inmate busted in brazen jailbreak.

Government tested AIDS drugs on foster kids.

Black families once lived off their southern farmland. Their descendants are struggling to hold onto it.. The corrections to the article are almost as long as the article itself!

Grandmother averts mass shooting by bringing grandson to hospital after threats - Authorities found an AK-47, 17 magazines loaded with ammunition, and multiple knives in the hotel room the 19-year-old had rented.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



DC's Town LGBT Nightclub To Reopen In Former Church .

Michigan doctors reach out to LGBTQ community to narrow health disparities.

Hundreds of LGBTQ families came together & OMG would you look at these photos of cute kids?.

Microsoft agrees to rethink anti-LGBTQ PAC donations after pressure from activists.

Utah high court throws out ban on valid surrogacy contracts for gay couples.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:



Avengers: Endgame: A lack of closure at the end of the line.

This Remote Corner Of Nevada Is One Of The Darkest Places In The World.

The Conservative Manifesto Buried in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Glasgow scientists develop artificial tongue to tackle fake whisky.

How the MCU Failed Its Captain America Characters.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Other Deplorable People:



Devin Nunes fake farmer lawsuit surprises Republicans.

Missouri Teachers Force District To Move Required Meeting Out of Anti-Gay Church .

Judge signals interest in removing Mueller report redactions .

Mulvaney Admits To Ulterior Motive For Move Of USDA Experts.

Fox pundit gets repeatedly cut off while trying to explain the link between Trump and violence.

This Week in That Awful Topic:



The El Paso mass shooting and defenses of white people with racist opinions - Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us.

Stopping the Epidemic of White Nationalist Gun Violence.

Jordan Cofer Identified As Trans Man, Dayton Shooter's Sibling.

Experts See Parallels Between ISIS And White Terrorism.

New Info Turns Gilroy Shooting Into Terrorism Probe.

In Memoriam:



Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison Dies at 88.

One of Late Writer Toni Morrison’s Most Famous Quotes About Racism Came from a Talk at Portland State University. Listen to It Here.

Remembering The Magic Of Toni Morrison.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 8/3/2019: damn lies, stupid lies, shocked deniers, and the end of a campaign.

The appeal to worse problems fallacy, and other unhelpful responses to domestic terrorism.

Tuesday Tidbits 8/6/19: Smirking and Inciting.

Leopard spots and sheep’s clothing, part 4 — or, even more confessions of an ex-evangelical.

Dragons to the rescue, or more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



A Reminder to Our Government That White Supremacist Violence is Terrorism | Full Frontal on TBS:



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Stephen Colbert - America's Gun Culture Is Melting Down:



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Politicians React to Shootings in El Paso and Dayton: A Closer Look:



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Eureka O'Hara - Pretty Hot And Tasty (Official Music Video):



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Ariana Grande & Barbra Streisand Duet On "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" at Chicago Concert:



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August 2nd, 2019

Friday Five (courting foreign interference edition)

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And now we've reached August...

It's been a busy work week and I have an insane deadline. Meanwhile, my personal laptop is being repaired so I'm working it a slightly older machine borrowed from my husband.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Our Language Is Evolving, 'Because Internet'.

Amputee can feel objects again with prosthetic arm inspired by Luke Skywalker.

The Many Different Faces of ‘Franchise’.

Washington House hires outside firm to investigate a member.

Stun Belts in Court: Restraint or Punishment?

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Author of bestselling Christian book apologizes to LGBTQ community. I'm glad this guy has done this, after getting his publisher to agree not to print new copies of his books, and I'm glad he's getting out of the grip of the fundamentalist evangelical church he was raised in.

Should a Public Library Rent Space From a Church That Condemns Being Gay? The City of Salem Says Yes.. “I’m certain there will be many, many people who won’t use the library in the church building. It’ll leave hard feelings for a long time.”

The GOP tried to censure a Congressman for marrying a gay couple. It didn’t go as expected.

Changing the Game Depicts the Joy and Agony of Young Trans Athletes.

Second Arrest Made in Hate-Motivated Homicide of Gay Social Worker.

This Week in Racists and Other Deplorables:



Schumer suggests McConnell is blocking election security measures because he wants ‘the Russians to interfere’.

Letter: Bring Trump before the Hague.

Police: White Supremacist Gilroy Shooter Acted Alone.

Ronald Reagan's Long-Hidden Racist Conversation with Richard Nixon. In newly unearthed audio, the then–California governor disparaged African delegates to the United Nations

Trump’s race playbook: Excoriate the left and enthrall his base.

In Memoriam:



Atlanta Gay Activist and Politician Dies at 81. In 1988 he was the first openly gay delegate to be sent to a Democratic National Convention.

HAROLD PRINCE, WHO BROUGHT ‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’ TO THE STAGE, DIES AT 91.

What Broadway legend Harold Prince meant to American theater.

Russi Taylor, the Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons’ Characters, Dies at 75.

Things I wrote:



Sunday Update 7/28/2019: The dubious finances of men with no morals.

He has no sock(puppet)s, and he must cry wolf*—bullied bullies are everywhere.

Only hours left to finalize your 2019 Hugo Award ballot—and I’m still waffling!

Videos!



CNN’s Democratic Debate, Night Two: A Closer Look:



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Goats escape into the neighborhood!:



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Rare encounter with piglet squid leaves deep sea explorers at a loss for scientific words:



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God Bless America, Except Baltimore:



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More adventures in replying to spam:



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July 26th, 2019

Friday Five (grandma was right edition)

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Here we are at the fourth Friday of July.

While many parts of the world were experiencing record-breaking heat, we were having daytime highs in the 70s. Work continues to be crazy. The pollen count remains high. And I spent way more time reading than writing this week.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about the impeachable one, five stories about haters and their ilk, five stories about the lack of exoneration, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Our Churches Are Burning, Racist Terrorism Is Rising - I Should Have Listened To My Grandma About American Racist Terrorism.

Can’t read just one: Slate’s daily advice columns are strange, funny, deep, and increasingly a major traffic driver for the site » Nieman Journalism Lab.

The Crane Wife - Ten days after I called off my engagement I was supposed to go on a scientific expedition to study the whooping crane on the gulf coast of Texas.

Meeting My Brother For The First Time. Adopted writer used genetic service and found her half-brother.

The Democrats Are Experiencing a Generational Clash - Saikat Chakrabarti, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, is working to build a generational movement.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



The House unanimously passed a bill to give money back to same-sex couples - The bill would return up to $67 million to gay and lesbian taxpayers and remove gendered language from the tax code.

With ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X Sets New Precedent For LGBTQ Musicians - The rapper’s track, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, is the longest-running No. 1 single by an openly queer artist in history.

Dear Gentlemen, Your 60-year-old Wedding Pics are Ready - LGBT History project is trying to identify the men in these once confiscated photos of a same-sex wedding iin 1957. Go look at the pictures!

I Could Spend All Day Looking at the Covers of These LGBTQ Publications.

North Carolina Reaches Agreement to Protect Trans Restroom Access- The state can't limit access in buildings under its control, says a settlement of a case involving a notorious anti-transgender law.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Related Disasters:



Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office.

Trump Is a Petty Racist, Not a Master Strategist.

The Death Penalty Is Already a Farce. William Barr’s Plan Might Make It Torturous.

Lawyer: US-Born Teen Lost 26 Pounds While Detained By Border Patrol For Weeks.

Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’.

This Week in Not Exoneration:



Actually, Robert Mueller Was Awesome - History will show that he had one big goal, and nailed it.

What the Mueller investigation was always about.

Senate Intelligence report on Russian meddling sounds alarm for 2020 and then 2020 election security: GOP senators block bills hours after Mueller warns of Russian interference .

Trump was not exonerated by my report, Robert Mueller tells Congress.

No Knight On A White Horse - House Democrats have spent the last two years waiting for someone else to solve the Trump conundrum. It is now up to them, and to them alone.

This Week in Homphobes and Other Deplorable People:



A “Straight Pride” Parade In California Plans To Celebrate Western Civilization And “Whiteness” - The thinly veiled white supremacist rally aims to celebrate “Western civilization,” Christianity, and “whiteness,” according to one of the organizers. The hate is getting more blatant...

Anti-LGBTQ GOP Lawmaker Resigns After Grindr Messages Reveal ‘Burning Desire’ for ‘Down and Dirty Guy’.

Mom who sued trans daughter for transitioning is taking her case to the Supreme Court - Her teenage daughter was legally emancipated and living on her own, but she says she should have been able to deny her child medical care.

Christian Hate-Preacher Steven Anderson Has Been Banned from Entering Australia.

LGBTQ-friendly church in Battle Ground, WA targeted by vandals.

In Memoriam:



Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95.

Chris Kraft's Greatest NASA Accomplishments.

Remembering Chris Kraft.

Paul Krassner Is Up In Heaven Now.

In Fond Remembrance of Mad Magazine.

Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ Co-Star, Dies at 75.

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre.

Tears in rain: 8 of our favorite moments from Rutger Hauer's career - Though he was most famous for his unforgettable turn as Roy Batty in Blade Runner, there was so much more to the career of Rutger Hauer.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 7/20/2019: Crystal cathedrals, berated bigots, and racist racisms.

Chock-full of meaning, or more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Boyfriends Talk About Being Creative While In Love:



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Scientists Just Discovered Fresh Water Under the Ocean, and It’s HUGE:



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SUCKERS - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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John Oliver Describes Boris Johnson, England's Very Own Trump:



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Sam Smith - How Do You Sleep? (Official Video):



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July 19th, 2019

Friday Five (riling the base edition)

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Here we are at the third Friday of July.

It's been a weird week. Started out trying to convince myself that it was just hay fever. Instead, I've been unwell all week.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about haters and their ilk, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame? - The French super-rich promised to dig deep, but such philanthropy comes at a steep price.

All 104 James Bond Villains, Ranked - From masterminds to henchmen, the final word on 007's furious foes.

Will Typewriters Become Popular Again?

Man shouting ‘You die!’ kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire.

Abigail Disney, an heiress of the Walt Disney empire, has become a champion for better working conditions in her family’s parks after she went undercover in one of them and found a grim reality beneath the facade of the “Happiest Place on Earth.”.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:



Voyager - A New Plan for Keeping NASA's Oldest Explorers Going.

Hayabusa-2: Japanese spacecraft makes final touchdown on asteroid.

The Evolution of the Disc.

Five SFF Works Reminiscent of Andre Norton.

Harvard exhibit charts history of Apollo 11 moon mission.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Editorial: Congressional Republicans shame themselves with their silence on Trump's racism.

Netflix Legal Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using Our Logo As We’re Here, We’re Queer, And You Better Steer Clear.

Religious author says evangelical silence about Trump's racism proves they made 'a deal with the devil'.

Founder of Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Ordered to Pay $14 Million to Target of Racist 'Troll Storm'.

Trump Needs His Base to Burn With Anger.

In Memoriam:



After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99 .

John Paul Stevens, long-serving Supreme Court justice, dies at 99.

John Paul Stevens Leaves Legacy of LGBTQ Rights Advocacy. “It borders on the absurd to assume that the word ‘liberty’ does not include one’s right to choose a spouse, but does include a right to possess a firearm in one’s home.”

John Paul Stevens Evolved into the Supreme Court’s Unlikely Liberal Champion.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 7/13/2019: Powerful men sometimes face consequences, but what happened at New Republic?

SF-adjacent: the inherent fuzziness of human enthusiasms.

Why I hate hay fever reason #6508.

Stop claiming that being called a bigot is worse than the actual bigotry.

Divine prophecies and muscular men in very short skirts, or more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



What Scarlett Johansson's Missing in the Representation Debate - Between the Scenes | The Daily Show:



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The GOP Reacts (And Doesn't) To Trump's Racist Tweets:



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Trump's Racist Attacks on Democratic Congresswomen: A Closer Look:



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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them:



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'Batman' DVD Robin storyboard sequence - The sequence introducing the Boy Wonder - ultimately cut before filming began - was taken from an early draft of the 1989 'Batman' movie, put together using original pre-production storyboards and voiced by B:TAS's Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (the Joker):



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